Many countries, including South Africa, use regulations to control smoking in public so that they do not harm non-smokers. Likewise, getting vaccinated is for the common good of society.
The international evidence so far shows COVID vaccines are safe for pregnant women and effective at preventing severe disease.
Vaccinating a population requires a proactive approach to health promotion and community preparedness.
Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
Even where vaccines are available, one barrier to progress is vaccine hesitancy: the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate.
The clock starts ticking once the vaccine leaves the freezer. Here’s what to expect.
Ghana’s mid-year target of procuring and administering 17.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses may be constrained by global supply, cold chain capacity, and vaccine hesitancy.
It’s no secret many kids (and adults) don’t like needles. But where needle phobia can be a barrier to vaccine acceptance, it’s important to set your children up not to fear injections. Here’s how.
Vaccine hesitancy has resulted in multiple vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Research on vaccine hesitancy in South Africa is limited. But growing evidence suggests that it’s becoming a problem.
There’s no guarantee future COVID-19 vaccines will work in the elderly. So we can consider vaccinating the young first to protect them. Here’s what we need to work out first.
Whether a coronavirus vaccine involves a live virus or a carrier organism, it will probably require more than one injection. But that’s not a bad thing.
If your immunisation record is incomplete, you might repeat a vaccination unnecessarily, or miss out on government support, child care, or work. So it pays to check.
South Africa could lose many children due to a measles outbreak which is completely preventable.
Coronavirus drug trials are underway – a virologist explains what the treatment options may be.
South Africa must develop a comprehensive health and economic strategy if it is to stop the COVID-19 pandemic without causing long term socio-economic damage.
The white blood cells act as an army of fighting cells, protecting your body from bad cells known as germs. White blood cells can capture germs and even swallow them.
The threat posed by measles is on the rise again in a number of countries in the world. One of them is the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There are many reasons adults might not be up to date with the vaccinations they need. Catching up is easy enough, and vitally important in the fight against infectious diseases.
The adjuvanted flu vaccine is free for over-65s and offers better protection than the standard vaccine. Here’s what the research says.
Precedents exist for making people have certain vaccines. Perhaps it’s time to extend this.